Want to Live and Breathe the Cubs 24/7? A 2-Bedroom at 817 W. Addison in Wrigleyville

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This 2-bedroom at 817 W. Addison in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Lakeview came on the market in October 2016.

It’s been about 7 years since we chattered about this building.

Built in 1915, it was converted into condos during the condo boom in 2005. It has 16 units with no parking.

Because it was part of the condo conversion craze, the finishes are from that era including wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops.

Even though its vintage, it has modern features including central air and washer/dryer in the unit.

It also has a bay window.

The two bedrooms each have windows although they measure just 12×9 and 10×10.

But you can’t get much closer to the Cubs action than this location. You’ll certainly hear the roar of the crowds.

This seller was an original buyer in 2006.

Is it time for those who bought during the 2005-2007 boom, and have been hanging on, to get out?

Christopher Reardon has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #2R: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, no square footage listed

  • Sold in April 2006 for $272,000
  • Originally listed in October 2016
  • Currently listed at $268,000
  • Assessments of $328 a month (includes cable, exterior maintenance)
  • Taxes of $4016
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • No Parking
  • Bedroom #1: 12×9
  • Bedroom #2: 10×10
  • Living room: 13×13
  • Kitchen: 6×8

 

36 Responses to “Want to Live and Breathe the Cubs 24/7? A 2-Bedroom at 817 W. Addison in Wrigleyville”

  1. ew no, I hate all the tourists and trash around Wrigley, the area right around the stadium is friggin disgusting, only thing worse is if this place was on clark st. and west of the el station

    I have actually been to a party at this building before… twas a good one, didn’t remember much about the insides though

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  2. “Want to Live and breathe the Cubs 24/7?” this feels like a rhetorical question; with my answer being an emphatic ‘no’. The trash & general douchebaggery in the area is more than enough reason to avoid it, but it’s also worth mentioning the moral dilemma of supporting an area that is becoming inextricably tied to a family who helped elect our unqualified, racist, sexual predator of a president. I have to wonder though what the effect of the Rickett’s cash-injection/corporate handouts will have on below-average condos like this when the area caters mostly to the bourgeois corporate elite. Maybe 260k is a good deal?

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  3. The exterior of this building makes me feel bad about life. That being said, it’s probably priced well and will likely sell quickly.

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  4. @Elliot – Laura Ricketts campaigned and fund-raised hard for Clinton. Don’t paint the whole family as Trump supporters, because that’s not the truth. http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/hillary-back-july13-for-fundraiser-at-cubs-laura-ricketts-home/

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  5. Sold in April 2006 for $272,000
    Originally listed in October 2016
    Currently listed at $268,000

    wonder what the story is here. Did they buy and then couldn’t sell because of the bust? Now they are trying to just get out and move to some suburb?

    after 10 years I hope they at least get their down payment back.

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  6. “wonder what the story is here. Did they buy and then couldn’t sell because of the bust? Now they are trying to just get out and move to some suburb?”

    The last time we chattered about this building it was for a short sale. Many of those who bought in 2005-2007 were investors (just in case you don’t remember what was going on back then) and many didn’t hang on.

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  7. “ew no, I hate all the tourists and trash around Wrigley, the area right around the stadium is friggin disgusting, only thing worse is if this place was on clark st. and west of the el station”

    Sonies, I would normally agree with you but that was “old” Wrigley. They’ve torn down most of the stuff you’re talking about. Maybe you haven’t been there since they started construction on all the new developments.

    The old gross McDonald’s is gone. As is the stretch on Addison up to the 7 Eleven. In their places will be that Wrigley Plaza/Park, a nice hotel, and luxury apartments, a movie theater, and restaurants like Shake Shack (which has already signed up to go into the apartment development.)

    Several top city restaurants have also signed on to go in the hotel development.

    I don’t think it will be what you remember it in even another 12 – 18 months.

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  8. “I don’t think it will be what you remember it in even another 12 – 18 months.”

    it will probably look a lot like Streets of Woodfield in Schaumburg

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  9. Damn Icarus, you beat me to it!

    It still won’t be clean… having millions of people in a 6 month period visit an area of a few blocks just makes things nasty, I mean look at manhattan, its dirty, people are dirty!

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  10. So it’s ok to be rid of McD’s but not Taco Bell? I’ll take Mickey’s any day, for a quick meal-on-the-run or a special treat for the “group tour” kids after a day at the game.

    More to the point – it’s great that we have a World Series team, but distressing that it’s taking the Walmartization of Wrigleyville to keep it that way. Much of the “charm” of Wrigleyville over the years has been its raffishness. Locally owned businesses instead of chains, quirky places like the T-shirt shop and now-gone bookstore just a few blocks south of the Shrine. In other words, a real urban neighborhood instead of just another sports mall.

    There has to have been a way for the Ricketts et al. to keep improving the “product” without removing the very “charms” that made Cubdom so special.

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  11. Wrigleyville is gross. Too many drunks stumbling around during the day / after games and a bad element that comes in to take advantage of the chaos. Also its wasted space during the off season. I welcome the transformation – just because we have an antiquated stadium doesnt mean we need an antiquated surrounding area! Also they seem to be using many local restaurants to fill the spaces which is a great thing (Big Star, Yusho guy, etc). The partnership with the Music Box for outdoor movies and talk of an ice rink in the winter sound great.

    Anyone living in the area is psyched about this. The ones disappointed are those who reminisce about getting trashed before a day game in their 20s but don’t actually near the stadium. Also tickets went up 20% this year (and will probably go up again next year) so they are making the area commiserate with the type of fans that will come.

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  12. so they are making the area commiserate with the type of fans that will come.

    No need to commiserate with Cubs fans anymore. Or did you mean the upgrades to the neighborhood are commensurate with the upgrade in fan net worth?

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  13. Sabrina lives in Berwyn, she will love taking the train into the big city and stopping at the Potbelly’s going in across the street from ‘Toyota-Wrigley Field’

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  14. Commensurate!

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  15. “So it’s ok to be rid of McD’s but not Taco Bell? I’ll take Mickey’s any day, for a quick meal-on-the-run or a special treat for the “group tour” kids after a day at the game.”

    I think many of us can agree that that particular McDonald’s had issues.

    A couple of years ago, the plan was to put a new McDonald’s in the hotel. Don’t know if that’s still going to be the case. They did put a new Starbucks into the plaza area so it wouldn’t surprise me to find a McDonald’s back in there.

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  16. “Locally owned businesses instead of chains, quirky places like the T-shirt shop and now-gone bookstore just a few blocks south of the Shrine.”

    There was a Starbucks directly across the street from Wrigley Field for like 17 years as well as a 7 Eleven. And most of the bars have been owned by big restaurant groups for a decade or more.

    I think only older people have “nostalgia” for the “locally owned businesses” and whatnot. It hasn’t been very local for about 20 years now. And yes, there are plenty of locally owned restaurants that will be going into the hotel/plaza area, in addition to chains.

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  17. “Potbelly’s going in across the street from ‘Toyota-Wrigley Field’”

    In case you didn’t know sonies, Potbelly actually IS a local Chicago chain started in the 1970s in Lakeview. The first Potbelly’s is still there, right on Lincoln. You should go visit it sometime.

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  18. I have actually been there!

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  19. It’s difficult to believe that Potbelly’s is so popular. Just the smell of that place grosses me out.

    I find Wrigleyville almost unbearable, but I suppose I would choose it over North center any day.

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  20. Potbelly’s is far superior to Subway or Jimmy John’s IMHO.

    Now that donut shops are becoming a “thing,” maybe someone could establish an upgraded revival of Yum-Yum somewhere in those new multi-use buildings?

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  21. As long as they don’t mess with Uncommon Ground, Bernie’s, Irish Oak or the original Nuts On Clark.

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  22. As long as they don’t mess with the Metro or Gingerman.

    IMO, North Center is way better than Wrigleyville, unless you’re a Cubs fanatic or under 35. I am neither.

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  23. “@Elliot – Laura Ricketts campaigned and fund-raised hard for Clinton. Don’t paint the whole family as Trump supporters, because that’s not the truth.”

    Yeah, at least the male side of the Ricketts family supports a winner (Trump). Laura Ricketts, a bigoted lesbian loudmouth supported the misogynist rapist womanizer Bill Clinton and her crazed, crooked wife Hillary! She’s insane. If she gets involved in the Cubs, the whole city will have to boycott the team, and it’ll turn into a loser like Yahoo was under what’s-her-name who they fired for not getting the job done.

    I think Reinsdorf supported Clinton too. Bad decision making on his part.

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  24. “If she gets involved in the Cubs, the whole city will have to boycott the team”

    If any of you were in doubt, this clearly proves that HH does NOT live in Chicago (and never has.)

    No Chicagoan could ever possibly make this statement given what has gone on the last year and what has started again now that they are playing again.

    And also, the last I checked, Trump hasn’t won at anything except the electoral college. He lost the popular vote and he lost trying to repeal and replace Obamacare.

    Any guesses on what might happen with the budget deadline at the end of the month?

    And Trump himself is admitting that tax reform will be pushed back…again.

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  25. “I find Wrigleyville almost unbearable, but I suppose I would choose it over North center any day.”

    It skews really young. I think most people grow out of living in Wrigleyville.

    I prefer North Center but it is quieter and more family oriented.

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  26. Lincoln Ave. along North Center/Lincoln Sq. is probably the best stretch of bars/restaurants in the city outside of downtown. Better than Division St. (west of Ashland), better than Wrigleyville (Clark St.), better than boring SoPo, and Halsted/Armitage is too boring. North and Damen is still too transient and incoherent. West Loop too sporadic and spotty. Same with Logan Sq. The old areas like around Kingston Mines and Lincoln Ave. near Kelsey’s aren’t holding up all that well. Marquee Lounge etc. these are has been areas, despite being closer in.

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  27. Might as well booze in the grocery stores. Been to the bar at Jewel near Blommer chocolate? Great views and not a dark cave.

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  28. The beer at that Jewel on Kinzie is really cheap, I have some friends that drink there on occasion

    Plus theres always hot chicks in that store so its not a bad concept really

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  29. “Potbelly’s is far superior to Subway or Jimmy John’s IMHO.”

    So true, Subway is one of the most disgusting foods I’ve ever eaten and Jimmy John’s is marginally better. Potbelly’s is fine.

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  30. I’ve looked at some higher end condos near wrigley. Shocking what some of the prices are. People think since the Cubs won the World Series their condos have gone up $100,000 in 3 years. And they wonder why they are sitting on the market.

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  31. This is what is going in, so far, in the new development at the Cubs Plaza and the hotel across the street. This is separate from what will go into the apartments/movie theater building going in on Addison.

    http://chicago.eater.com/2017/4/12/15277584/lucky-dorr-bar-wrigley-field-plaza-matthias-merges-folkart

    “Lucky Dorr, if that’s not a working name, will join Starbucks Reserve and Brickhouse, an upcoming restaurant from Four Corners Tavern Group. Over at the Hotel Zachary, there’s a glut of restaurants lined up, as Folkart joins some of Chicago’s biggest hospitality groups. One Off Hospitality will sell tacos inside their second Big Star and 4 Star Restaurant Group (Crosby’s Kitchen, Ella Elli) will open a second Smoke Daddy, spinning off their barbecue restaurant in Wicker Park.”

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  32. How’s the school district? I suppose some of Wrigleyville is in Blaine but more likely Lemoyne (or whatever they’re calling it now). Last I heard it was becoming an “international academy” to attract upscale families. But how many languages do you need to sing “Go Cubs Go?”

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  33. “How’s the school district? I suppose some of Wrigleyville is in Blaine but more likely Lemoyne (or whatever they’re calling it now). Last I heard it was becoming an “international academy” to attract upscale families.”

    “last you heard”??? It changed in *2006*:

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2005-04-19/news/0504190255_1_school-year-arne-duncan-early-childhood

    As to the attendance area school, the western portion is Blaine, the eastern portion (split by Addison) is Nettlehorst to the south, and Greeley to the north. So this place is in Nettlehorst a-a.

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  34. “Potbelly actually IS a local Chicago chain started in the 1970s in Lakeview.”

    Lincoln and Belden ain’t Lake View (nor Lakeview).

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  35. “As long as they don’t mess with … Gingerman.”

    Well, they messed with the name a while ago. And it was the owner of Metro who did so.

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  36. I make it a rule not to live inside the “splash zone” that is the surrounding blocks of Wrigley Field.

    I think this would make a good rental property though. No shortage of young 22-29 year olds who want to live right by Wrigley.

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